With the NCAA giving the thumbs up to begin college basketball in late November, our Ragin’ Cajuns are set to prove the doubters wrong.
With the addition of multiple transfer players to our roster, the Cajuns have also seen numerous players enter the transfer portal to take their talents elsewhere.
Jalen Johnson, Louisiana’s leading scorer and rebounder in the 2019-20 season, has decided to take his talents to Mississippi State to join the SEC.
Johnson averaged 15.5 points per game during the 2019-20 season, which ranked him sixth among Sun Belt Conference scoring leaders. He also averaged 15.0 points during conference play, making his transfer a huge loss for the Cajuns.
But thanks to senior Cedric Russell, this team is in good hands as Russell has been making significant improvements to his game throughout the extended offseason.
Toward the backend of the 2019-20 season, Russell averaged 19.0 points per game on 46% shooting from the three-point line in his last six games of the season, showing flashes of what is to come in his final season as a Cajun.
Russell’s efforts as a leader are what Head Coach Bobby Marlin has praised him for. He has taken the young guys under his wing and elevated their confidence significantly, including sophomore Mylik Wilson.
Mylik Wilson has shown the promise to take over this Ragin’ Cajuns basketball team once Russell graduates.
Wilson is a crafty guard that can score the ball from all three levels. Defensively, Mylik is an absolute force, coming up with clutch steals game in and game out.
As a freshman, Wilson was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year as well as finishing as the lone Division I freshman nationally averaging 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. He finished 12th nationally in steals and also scored 30 points against App. State in his best game as a freshman. Remember the name.
With the loss of Jalen Johnson to Mississippi State, Marlin went and got multiple transfers to fill the void.
Devin Butts, a former Mississippi State hooper, will now trade in his maroon and white for our Ragin’ Cajun red.
Butts is a 6-foot-6 guard who will have three years of eligibility remaining. He is the second Division I transfer to join the Ragin’ Cajuns during the offseason, much like University of Portland transfer Theo Akwuba.
“Devin is a wing player who can play multiple positions, has a good feel for the game, and can score at all three levels,” Head Coach Bob Marlin said during a presser on the roster changes. “His time at Mississippi State was great for his college development. He has competed against some really good players with length and athleticism.”
Theo Akwuba, a former big man for the University of Portland, gives our Cajuns the size and length we need down low. Akwuba is a 6’11 center who can use his pure force to dominate in the paint.
The Cajuns roster is set for a significant run this season as Mylik Wilson and Cedric Russell look to take over with the help of multiple transfers who intend to prove themselves.